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Austin’s story

Last Modified: January 19, 2021

Healthy Mind

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report suicide as the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34. Sadly, for Leslie Weirich, that statistic now includes her son, Austin.

In an effort to help others understand the face of suicide and also in the hope of preventing the loss of young lives in the future, Leslie now bravely shares her family’s heart-breaking story with anyone willing to listen.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:20

If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety or depression, or considering suicide, please contact the Parkview Behavioral Health HelpLine at 260-471-9440 or 800-284-8439, any time, 24 hours a day. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.


Special acknowledgements

This video is in loving memory of Austin Weirich and Evan Hansen.

We want to extend a special thank you to Hannah Weirich for allowing us to feature her original song, “Fight for You.” You can hear the entire song here.

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